Art at the Crossroads of the World

Edited by Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes

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The first book to explore the entire range of modern and contemporary art of the Caribbean

Unprecedented in scope, this beautiful book offers an authoritative examination of the modern history of the Caribbean through its artistic culture. Featuring 500 color illustrations of artworks from the late 18th through the 21st century, the book explores modern and contemporary art, ranging from the Haitian revolution to the present.

Acknowledging both the individuality of each island, the richness of the coastal regions, and the reach of the Diaspora, Caribbean looks at the vital visual and cultural links that exist among these diverse constituencies. The authors examine how the Caribbean has been imagined and pictured, and the role of art in the development of national identity. Essays by leading scholars cover such topics as the interconnections between Caribbean artistic production to its colonial contexts; between various generations of artists; and between the so-called high and low arts and religion, music, and carnival celebrations. Primary source documents crucial to understanding the region provide an important complement.

Edited by Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes, and featuring essays by Katherine Manthorne, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Edward J. Sullivan, among many others, this book will serve as the definitive volume on Caribbean visual culture for many decades to come.

Deborah Cullen is director of curatorial programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and editor of Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (Yale). Elvis Fuentes is associate curator at El Museo del Barrio.


El Museo del Barrio(06/12/12 - 01/06/13)  

The Queens Museum of Art(06/12/12 - 01/06/13)

The Studio Museum in Harlem(06/12/12 - 01/06/13)

“A hugely complex story . . . woven as much from questions as from answers, from intangibles as from facts. . . . [The authors have] pondered these matters, [and] produced a book that is sure to become a staple reference.”—Holland Cotter, The New York Times

“Sure to become a staple reference.”—Holland Cotter, New York Times

"Just as Caribbean art has been under displayed, so it has been a comparatively neglected field for writers. The rectification of this, together with the numerous literary and artistic gems it contains, makes this book more than welcome."—Matthew Parker, Literary Review
ISBN: 9780300178548
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
Publishing Partner: Published in association with El Museo del Barrio, New York
496 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 3/4
500 color illus.
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